Ethiopia: Arrest of opposition leader an assault on freedom of expression

Arrest of opposition leader

(Amnesty International) — Reacting to news of the arrest of Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Michelle Kagari said:

“The arrest of Merera Gudina is an outrageous assault on the right to freedom of expression and should sound alarm bells for anyone with an interest in ending the deadly protests that have rocked Ethiopia over the past year.”

“This is a move that will exacerbate, rather than ease, the underlying tensions currently simmering in the country. Instead of resorting to further repression and clamp-downs, the Ethiopian government must urgently and meaningfully address the human rights grievances that are fuelling unrest.”

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One Response to Ethiopia: Arrest of opposition leader an assault on freedom of expression

  1. Jalal December 3, 2016 at 9:46 am #

    Honestly, outside organizations or countries of the world could make the sufferings of the oromo people worst if it is not worst yet. Otherwise they have no power or confidence to responsibly confront the Ethiopian mafia regime to curb the real problem of the people. We have seen statements of governments or organizations time and again. However the same organizations or governments of the west indirectly encourage the TPLF to commit mass killing, detention and torture through aid, military training and dining with the irresponsible members of the TPLF.

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